John Vinson

Law Enforcement & Campus Security

Dr. John Vinson is the President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), which serves as the leading authority for campus public safety representing over 4,200 members. He brings over twenty-five years of law enforcement and public safety experience, currently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Campus and Community Safety at the University of Washington.

Dr. Vinson holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. As an adjunct faculty member who has published academic research and participated in various research projects, he teaches undergraduate and graduate level leadership, management and criminal justice courses. With extensive leadership and management experience, he has developed and facilitated numerous leadership and law enforcement seminars and workshops for civilian and sworn officers, from first line to executive level leaders.

Other experiences include working with public and private agencies in the areas of strategic planning, change management, organizational analysis, leadership development and team building. As an avid runner who has completed over 100 marathons on six continents, Dr. Vinson believes health and wellness for law enforcement and public safety personnel is critical in building and maintaining integrated community-based partnerships.


Dr. Vinson’s professional affiliations include active membership in the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), and the Western Society of Criminology. He recently completed his three-year term as the General Chair of the IACP University and College Police Section, a position serving on the board of directors for the IACP.

Higher Education

Dr. John Vinson was born in Michigan, and he attended Central Michigan University for his undergraduate studies. It was there he obtained a B.S.B.A. in Management before pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration. From there, Dr. Vinson went on to obtain his Ph.D. in public Administration from Western Michigan University. Along his journey of pursuing his own personal advancements in education, Dr. John Vinson began teaching undergraduate and graduate students, continuing to teach at post-secondary institutions for years. Known for his work in Higher Education Leadership, Dr. Vinson is recognized for his work in fostering a sense of excellence and passion in his education endeavors.

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